Thirteen years ago, Cuban singer Celia Cruz lost her life to cancer, leaving behind an incomparable legacy. Today, the Queen of Salsa, and purveyor of all things soul, lives on in radio stations, television, the Internet, and the hearts of a global composition of fans who find joy, pride, solace and even identity in her music. Cruz, known for hits like “La Negra tiene Tumbao” and “La Vida es un Carnaval,” was one of the most iconic artists of the 20th century.
The multi-Grammy winner garnered 23 gold albums in the trajectory of her career, has been captured in film with plenty a cameos and became a household name in the U.S., and all while drawing attention with her brightly-colored sense of fashion. From her outlandish wigs to her bedazzled gems, see Celia’s most iconic looks in the above gallery.
Happy 91st birthday, Queen!